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  • By: Rebecca Ryan
  • Narrated by: Heather Long
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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My (Extra)Ordinary Life

By: Rebecca Ryan
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Summary

Have you ever wondered how normal you are?

What if you were perfectly average?

More than anyone else. 

For Emily – it's true. When she watches a documentary on the average human she sees her life. Her job, her hair, her favourite food. All of her – plainly, horrifically average. Even her blood group. Right there and then, she decides she wants more.

She'll travel the world (i.e. venture out of her hometown)

She'll become a vegan (it's interesting to hate cheese, right?)

She'll do something daring (As long as it's safety tested) 

Nothing will stand in the way of Emily living her best life. Not even Josh and his dimples. Because she absolutely can't fall in love... that would be too ordinary.

And from now on, Emily is going to be extraordinary. 

©2023 Rebecca Ryan (P)2023 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic reviews

‘I absolutely loved this book! Charming, funny – I laughed out loud several times – and plenty of heartstring-pulling moments to boot.' Sarah Turner (The Unmumsy Mum), author of Stepping Up

‘This charming debut is a heart-warming read for some January inspiration’ My Weekly

‘A sparkling novel with a relatable protagonist’ Woman’s Own

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This is sooo good

How could you not fall in love with Emily! She’s so lovable and funny, and I invested in her character very quickly. Her vulnerability gives an endearing quality and her awkwardness makes for many a laugh out loud moment (beware if listening in public!). The alternating chapters are a great way to piece together Emily’s past and understand the reasoning for her zany ideas.

As well as finding the book hilarious in part, there are times the grief can take your breath away. It’s so relatable and so raw. Yes, this novel can be heartbreaking at times, but it’s written with a message of hope that warms and comforts the reader. Truly beautiful debut from Ryan and I can’t wait to see what she will do next. Also a big hats off to the narrator Heather Long. She truly stepped into Emily’s shoes and embraced the storyline completely. She did a wonderful job in my opinion.

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Narration was perfect for this book

Amusing, witty and relatable story but with a very moving undercurrent which is a good reminder to live life to the full. Great characters and the narration was perfect for this story.

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Heartache & Hilarity

Narrator did a wonderful job. I laughed and I cried. This was a gorgeous story. It was engaging from the outside and I loved it.

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Fabulous

A wonderful story with all emotions. Highly recommend it. Can’t wait for your next book Rebecca.

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I loved this book

Wow. This book had me created up with laughter and I cried with the emotion of it more than once. I loved it and I can highly recommend it

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